Get your pink on at Mush for a Cure!
Although the Mush for the Cure on March 9 - 10 raises money
for a very serious cause—to benefit the Breast Cancer Foundation in
its quest to find a cure for breast cancer—the event is anything but
solemn. It’s a joyous mix of meaningful moments and outrageous
The non-competitive, but highly entertaining sled dog race from
Gunflint Lake to Poplar Lake features energetic dogs and owners and
all kinds of things to entertain spectators. See the schedule below
for all the action and plan your weekend accordingly.
There will once again be dining, music with Trails End Band and dancing
—this year the Friday night fun will be at Windigo Lodge. On Friday,
folks are invited to put on their prettiest pink pajamas and join the
The Friday night celebration includes a pasta dinner, the coronation
of the Mush for a Cure king and queen and “The Bald, The Brave, and
The Beautiful” head shaving. If enough money is raised, heads will be
Saturday events start early with a pancake and sausage feed at
Gunflint Pines before the start. There are actually two starts for
Mush for a Cure. The skijor race begins at Cross River at 10 a.m. and
finishes at Gunflint Pines. At 12 p.m. the sled dog race begins with a
mass sourdough start on Gunflint Lake. Teams are expected in at the
Trail Center Lodge finish line around 2 – 4 p.m. At the finish line
there will be a bonfire, hot dog and marshmallow roast, and a party
tent (with pirate!) sponsored by Sarah and the gang at Trail Center.
Prizes will be awarded sometime after 5 p.m. and everyone is invited
to dance the night away to D’Merritt.
At dusk on Saturday, a special Memorial Lantern Release will be held. Participants have the opportunity to purchase a lovely pink lantern in memory of, or to honor someone, who has been affected by breast cancer.
All of this is for a supremely good reason. The Mush for a Cure
proceeds are donated to institutions helping in the fight against
breast cancer. Organizer Mary Black said, “Mush for a Cure is not a
race, it is a fun event to celebrate the sport of dog mushing and to
cap off a winter of hard work, training and racing while raising funds
to find a cure for breast cancer.”
In 2011 participants raised over $28,000 in pledges and a check for
$32,000 was sent to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. “To date
Mush for a Cure has donated an amazing $100, 000,” said Black. “Our
goal this year is to raise another $30,000!”
If you would like to help Mush for a Cure reach its 2012 goal,
donations are now being accepted online at: http://
See the latest schedule at www.mushforacure.com